October 23, 2021


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Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences Announces FilmAid Partnership

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The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announces its partnership with FilmAid, a non-profit humanitarian organization working with refugees and other vulnerable communities around the world, titled, “AcademyX FilmAid: Visiting Arts Series.”

The series will include conversations and master classes on the filmmaking industry, including media training courses in an effort to give young people the skills and confidence they need. The academy will enroll members to provide behind-the-scenes insights, such as costume design, cinematography, directing, documentary filmmaking, and sound mixing.

Win P. Thomas, governor of the academy and chairman of the Education and Outreach Committee, spoke about the series. “This partnership will serve as a bridge between the academy and the next generation of international filmmakers who need to hear important stories.”

In response to the Kosovo refugee crisis, film producer Caroline Barron founded FilmAid in 1 Film. Working in more than 20 countries, FilmAid has led the way in raising the voices of displaced youth and providing life-saving information to disadvantaged communities.

Watch the Academy x FilmAid series here.

The IFTA has announced the results of the 2021 elections

The Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) has announced Clay Epstein, president of Film Mode Entertainment, as chairman of the organization for the 2021-202 term, along with seven newly elected board members.

The FTA election was held by electronic ballot and the results were released at the IFTA Board of Directors meeting on Sep0 September.

The seven members of IFTA’s 15-member board of directors include JD Boufils from VMI Worldwide, Jason Buckley of Lakeshore Entertainment, David Fanon of Screen Media, Lisa Gutbarblett of Blue Fox Entertainment, Nat McCormick of The Exchange and Nat McCormick of The Exchange, From Williams.

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